The Red and Whites had a bad night on Wednesday, losing in a blowout to Racing Club Lens on their own home turf.
AS Monaco suffered a disappointing 3-0 loss to RC Lens at Stade Louis II, their first loss at home this season. It was a tough game for the Red and Whites, who saw not only a superb goal scored by the opponents in the very first minute of play but let two more get through – all before halftime.
Issiaga Sylla scored the opening goal, then in the 34th Simon Banza scored, followed five minutes later by a beauty from Gaël Kakuta.
Even a switch up of players on the field couldn’t shake Monaco out of their bad night, despite a couple of great efforts by Youssouf Fofana around the hour mark.
Clearly this is a game best to be left in the rear view mirror. Coach Niko Kovac concurred with this sentiment, saying afterward, “When we are behind, we overthink things and we get away from playing instinctively a little. We must forget this match and play on Sunday like we’ve done in our previous outings. They did not become afraid to play soccer overnight. We all have to work together to get ahead and play with confidence.”
The Red and Whites have a chance at redemption on Sunday, when they face off against Dijon at an away game there.
[caption id="attachment_28380" align="alignnone" width="3543"] Alexey Antropov with Pascal Granero, Director of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, and Aya Glagoleva. Photo: International Philanthropy Summit Monaco.[/caption]
The first edition of the International Philanthropy Summit took place on Thursday, February 15, at Auditorium Rainier III.
Founded by Antropov Alexey, the event brought together some 60 people to hear distinguished philanthropists, who help “drive public attention to the social responsibility of wealthy individuals and luxury brands”.
The programming was divided into three sessions: How Private Wealth Can Fill Public Gaps: Charity, Philanthropy & Social Investment; What Are the Key Trends in Philanthropy?; and How Celebrities & Luxury Brands Work to Save Natural Resources and Improve the Livelihoods and Education of the Most Vulnerable and Unprotected People?
The distinguished list of international speakers included well-respected Monaco figures – the Director of the Prince Albert II Foundation Olivier Wenden, Luc Pettavino, Founder of OnlyWatch, the biennial charity auction of one-of-a-kind timepieces for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research, and Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannu, Founder of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, and the first Monaco resident to join the Giving Pledge, the “global, multi-generational initiative” that encourages the most affluent individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.
[caption id="attachment_28379" align="alignnone" width="3543"] Alexey Antropov, Sir Stelios, Aya Glagoleva, Ambassador of the Antropov Foundation, and Vladimir Lyaporov. Photo: International Philanthropy Summit Monaco.[/caption]
At the end of the day, three speakers were presented with awards, designed by Monaco-based artist Marcos Marin. The first trophy was given to Dr Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Founder of the Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society in Berlin, whose involvement with not-profit organisations for over 30 years has earned him acclaim as one of Germany's key philanthropists.
The second prize was awarded to Sir Stelios, whose Foundation is committed to supporting entrepreneurship with annual awards such as the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK. The easyJet founder received a Knighthood for services to entrepreneurship, and since 2009 he has been the Honorary General Consul for the Republic of Cyprus in the Principality of Monaco.
Daniel Gros, Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, received the final award. Mr Gros, a frequent speaker at World Economic Forum, previously worked for the International Monetary Fund and was a former advisor to the French prime minister.